NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Akonni Biosystems said today that it has received a $281,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a fully automated sample prep workstation to isolate nucleic acids from lysis-resistant targets.

Frederick, Md.-based Akonni said that the system will combine its MagVor mechanical cell lysis and TruTip nucleic acid purification technologies in a "single low-cost platform" that will initially be used for general research and eventually for clinical applications.

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